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From Proto-Brythonic *jaɣ, from Proto-Celtic *yegis, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁yeg-.



 m (uncountable)

  1. (South Wales) ice
    Synonym: rhew

Usage notes[edit]

  • As a standalone word, is used in south Wales while northeners prefer rhew. In derived terms all over the country, rhew is usually found as an initial element, e.g. rhewlif (glacier), rhewgell (freezer), rhewynt (freezing cold wind), while is usually a final element, e.g. hufen iâ (ice cream), hoci iâ (ice hockey), cloch iâ (icicle).

Derived terms[edit]


Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal h-prothesis
unchanged unchanged hiâ
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.


  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies